China’s deputy ambassador has ramped up criticism of Australia’s 2018 decision to lock Chinese telecommunications company Huawei out of its 5G networks, suggesting the decision triggered the sharp deterioration in bilateral ties.
- Mr Wang said he would like to see a Huawei engineer debate an Australian intelligence service representative over the threats of the company’s technology
- He said China was open to collaboration but would be “very strong” in defending its national interest
- He spoke briefly about the case of an Australian permanent resident and Uyghur who has been detained in China’s far north-western region of Xinjiang
Australia only took the decision because it wanted to help the United States preserve its…